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New children’s book for iPad released

Performer, musician, and blogger Ria Baldevia has released a new multimedia children’s book for iPad. In keeping with Hawaii’s role as an incubator for high tech creativity, local resident Ria Baldevia has just launched “Meena’s Magical Present,” a multi-media extravaganza for children on iTunes. Melding appealing artwork, child-friendly text and a world experience theme, the new app represents the future of children’s books in the 21st century. The intriguing interface allows parents to explore adventures with their children. And voice recording capabilities make it a great gift for those who are away from their little loved ones. [...]

Real estate technology conference comes to Honolulu

Plug in to the future of real estate! Inman News is bringing Agent Reboot to Honolulu, Hawaii with an all-new 2011 program on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheraton Waikiki. In just six hours, real estate agents will learn from the best experts in the industry how they can make mobile, social, video, blogging and many more cutting-edge technologies work for their real estate business. Agent Reboot offers the specific, practical and tactical ideas to help make REALTORS thrive. Chris Smith, Chief Evangelist, Inman News, will take the stage as emcee for Agent Reboot Honolulu. Additional national speakers include: Productivity Junkies Founder Darin Persinger, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate CEO Sherry Chris and Inman News’ Director of Social Media, Katie Lance. [...]

Hallowbaloo 2011 to light up Honolulu

The 4th Annual Hallowbaloo Music + Arts Festival presents a kaleidoscope of stimulation as diverse as the 20+ clubs, restaurants, galleries and boutiques that comprise its host neighborhood, the Honolulu Arts District. Entering its fourth year, the festival has already become one of the most anticipated and celebrated events in Hawaii with over 16,000 residents and visitors participating…and that’s just the beginning. At the heart of Hallowbaloo is an incredibly propulsive jet fuel that burns hotter than anything NASA ever created: Hawaii Halloween passion. For as long as most can remember, Hawaii has celebrated Halloween with as much or more fervor than anywhere in the world, and now, Hawaii residents direct their fantasies, dastardly digressions and zany illusions to Hallowbaloo. When their creative escapades come to fruition in the form of other worldly costumes, and they walk the festival grounds, they’re greeted by the most popular and alluring entertainment district in all of Hawaii, the Honolulu Arts District. The neighborhood has nearly single-handedly turned Hawaii’s cosmopolitan culture into something as alluring as the island’s most pristine beaches. [...]

Public schools eligible for $5,000 beautification awards

Three $5,000 awards from the Cooke Foundation are currently available to Hawaii public schools with completed beautification projects. The Cooke Foundation will present three $5,000 awards — one elementary school, one middle school and one high school — that have completed projects that beautify their school environment and significantly enhance the school’s overall appearance and ambiance. All public schools, including charter schools, in the state are eligible to apply. “A beautiful environment at school is conducive to learning and encourages respect for one’s school, respect for others and respect for oneself,” said Lynne Johnson, Cooke Foundation trustee. [...]

PubCon sets sights on Hawaii

PubCon, the premier optimization and new media conference, is pleased to announce PubCon Paradise 2012 in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii, which will take place in February and feature a full day of PubCon Masters Group search and social media training. Mark your 2012 calendars now for PubCon Hawaii 2012, which will take place February 13 – 15, featuring the world’s top new media and optimization speakers, keynotes and sessions, along with PubCon’s famous networking and party opportunities set in a tropical wonderland. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than in Hawaii for PubCon Paradise 2012, the perfect opportunity for a romantic getaway before, during and after a top-quality leading-edge conference. PubCon’s fair prices make bringing family along for a Hawaiian getaway more affordable than ever. [...]

Fendi partners with local artists

Fendi, an Italian high fashion house with locations in Hawaii, is partnering with local artists as part of the global launch of a “handmade for the future” initiative. The company has announced two separate and unique design projects with local artists Eli Baxter and Aaron Padilla to kick off its design-focused “Fatto a Mano for the Future” platform in Hawaii. “Fatto a Mano for the Future” combines old world artisanship and modern day techniques through the collaboration, support and perpetuation of emerging contemporary artists. [...]

Mauna Kea telescopes help find most distant quasar

An international team of astronomers announced today the discovery of the most distant known supermassive black hole, seen as a luminous quasar caused by gas falling into the black hole. The discovery came to light using data from an ongoing infrared sky survey being conducted at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) and critical follow-up confirmation observations with the Gemini North telescope, both on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The results are presented in the June 30, 2011 issue of the Journal Nature. The light from the quasar started its journey toward us when the universe was only 6% of its present age, a mere 770 million years after the Big Bang, at a ‘redshift’ of about 7.1. “This gives astronomers a headache,” says lead author Daniel Mortlock, from Imperial College London. “It’s difficult to understand how a black hole a billion times more massive than the Sun can have grown so early in the history of the universe. It’s like rolling a snowball down the hill and suddenly you find that it’s 20 feet across!” [...]

Island author announces iPad health ed app

The Human Body Detectives, a series of action-packed fiction stories developed by a Big Island naturopathic doctor, expands with Battle With The Bugs, its corresponding educational and entertaining iPad app. Kids ages 6 to 10 will love this series of award winning educational adventure stories which follow two “Human Body Detectives”, Merrin and Pearl, who magically enter different systems in the body to solve a health mystery and learn a bit of nutrition along the way. The series is now available in story-book (versus audio), ebooks, and now iPad and iPhone apps. The plot surrounds main characters Merrin and Pearl’s little cousin Max, who is sick, threatening everyone’s Mexican holiday. This time the detective girls find themselves inside Max’s body, witnessing firsthand the immune system in action. [...]

Big Island geothermal feedback sought

Hawaii Electric Light Company is seeking information to determine the best way to pursue geothermal power development on Hawaii Island. In a request for information (RFI) issued today, the utility is seeking input from stakeholders including potential geothermal developers and interested landowners on next steps that take into account the renewable energy goals and clean energy policy of Hawaii within the state’s unique community, cultural, historical, and environmental context. “Geothermal power is already a proven source of firm renewable power that can play an even larger role in Hawaii’s clean energy future,” said Jay Ignacio, president of Hawaii Electric Light Company. [...]

‘Local Ventures’ series moves to KFVE

More Local Ventures, Hawaii’s hit business show, moves to prime time on KFVE, Sundays every week at 6:30pm beginning June 26, 2011. More Local Ventures profiles local businesses and entrepreneurs who are transforming Hawaii in extraordinary ways. “Like many local companies we support and encourage green & sustainable efforts,” states Edgy Lee, the Executive Producer of More Local Ventures. “Because we’re in media, to us this means supporting local businesses of all kinds so the concept of this series is really about featuring people who are preserving the beauty of our local lifestyle and folks who are pressing the envelope and finding innovative solutions in this changing economy.” [...]